Magazine article Screen International

Telefilm Canada 2015-2016 Report Hails 'Room', 'Brooklyn'

Magazine article Screen International

Telefilm Canada 2015-2016 Report Hails 'Room', 'Brooklyn'

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Attendees - a mix of invited members of the public and professionals from Canada's audiovisual industry - heard how in 2015-2016 Telefilm Canada supported the production of 110 and the marketing of 105 features and the development of 258 projects.

Heading into its 50th anniversary year in 2017, the organisation helped promote Canadian talent at 42 festivals and 102 events and initiatives across the country and at 34 festivals, markets and events around the world for a total investment of $95.7m.

2015-2016 marked Telefilm's 40th anniversary in co-production management. In 2015, total production budgets for 53 film and television treaty co-production projects amounted to $447m and involved 15 partner countries.

Canada and Ireland signed a new treaty in 2016 and partnered recently on Brooklyn and Room (pictured). Both earned best picture Oscar nominations, marking the first time Canadian co-productions were nominated for an Academy Award.

Room star Brie Larson won the lead actress Oscar and Golden Globe as Canadian talent earned 21 Oscar nominations.

Brooklyn grossed $6m at the Canadian box office and animated feature Snowtime! (La Guerre Des Tuques 3D) generated $3m. Five features took more than $1m in 2015: Ego Trip, Le Mirage, The Passion Of Augustine (La Passion d'Augustine), Paul à Québec and Room.

In November, Telefilm Canada announced that it is aiming to achieve by 2020 a balanced production portfolio at all levels that reflects gender parity in the roles of director, writer and producer.

The Talent Fund, a private donation fund, has raised more than $15m to date to ensure that emerging Canadian talent is increasingly visible around the world. The Fund finances more than 75% of the Micro-Budget Production Program that has backed 55 debut projects.

Those supported include Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy (The Editor), Connor Gaston (The Devout), Amy Jo Johnson (The Space Between), Julie Lambert (Un Film De Chasse De Filles), Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf), Christian Sparkes (Cast No Shadow), and Kyle Thomas (The Valley Below), as well as indigenous filmmakers Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Le Dep) and Adam Garnet Jones (Fire Song).

In 2015-2016, Telefilm allocated 46% of its production funding to first and second features, which corresponds to 67% of titles funded. …

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